ZUMBA AND THE MIL­LEN­NI­ALS

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MERVIN H. ARTILLERO

Zumba is an ex­er­cise fit­ness pro­gram cre­ated by Colom­bian dancer and cy­clist/ chore­og­ra­pher Al­berto “Beto” “Power Pedal” Perez dur­ing the 1990s. Zumba in­volves dance and aer­o­bic move­ments per­formed to en­er­getic mu­sic.

The chore­og­ra­phy in­cor­po­rates hiphop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also in­cluded. Zumba Fit­ness, the owner of the Zumba pro­gram, does not charge li­cens­ing fees to gyms or fit­ness cen­ters. Ap­prox­i­mately 15 mil­lion peo­ple take weekly Zumba classes in over 200,000 lo­ca­tions across 180 coun­tries.

In ar­ti­cle writ­ten by fit­ness ex­pert Jeff Fromm, he said that Mil­len­ni­als are com­monly re­ferred to as stim­u­la­tion junkies. As a re­sult of be­ing raised in the digital age, Mil­len­ni­als have been sur­rounded by tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments that have made mul­ti­task­ing a part of daily life. Even in a tra­di­tional gym set­ting, you will find Mil­len­ni­als run­ning on the tread­mill, while lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, while watch­ing TV, while scrolling through their Twit­ter feed. Do­ing just one thing at a time is not enough for Gen­er­a­tion Y. Work out reg­i­mens that en­cour­age Mil­len­ni­als to switch exercises ev­ery few min­utes or in­cor­po­rate high-level car­dio like zumba are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more pop­u­lar.

The last state­ment re­gard­ing the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Zumba among Mil­len­ni­als can­not be de­nied as more and more youth find them­selves ac­tively en­gaged in the ac­tiv­ity. In the Philip­pines, Zumba has found its niche among the younger gen­er­a­tion.

Based from the In­quirer is­sue, Zumba is prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar dance work­out to date. You’d find group ses­sions morn­ing and af­ter­noon at the CCP com­plex, Que­zon Memo­rial Cir­cle, or any­where else in the NCR (or even the whole Coun­try).

In the present so­ci­ety, the youth have far-reach­ing in­flu­ence to shift trends and life­styles, such as its in­flu­ence on the suc­cess of Zumba which in­te­grates so­cial meet­ings with fit­ness plat­form. Zumba has be­come so pop­u­lar with the Mil­len­ni­als be­cause this gen­er­a­tion loves pub­lic at­ten­tion and in­no­va­tive de­signs. Al­though it is im­por­tant to note that Mil­len­ni­als are also at­tracted to Zumba be­cause of its many health ben ef i t s.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal fit­ness guru Con­nie For­tich, Mil­len­ni­las love Zumba due to the fol­low­ing rea­sons: 1. Weight Loss: The num­ber of calo­ries you burn in one ses­sion can make you stop ask­ing why you should join a Zumba class. 2. Toned Physique: You move so much dur­ing a ses­sion. So much that you sweat buck­ets, and that’s what makes you can burn so much calo­ries. 3. Meet new Friends:There are, what you call, Zumba ad­dicts. They are one rea­son why join­ing a Zumba class is fun. Some even go as far as tak­ing out-of-town trips or hav­ing lunch or din­ner to­gether with the whole group. You gain a whole fam­ily, or an­other cir­cle of friends. 4. Al­ways be in a good mood: We all know that ex­er­cise re­leases the happy hor­mones called En­dor­phins. While you ex­er­cise, your brain and ner­vous sys­tem re­lease these mood-boost­ing hor­mones that can ei­ther free you from stress, or fill you with so much happy en­ergy that even a stress­ful day at work might not be enough to spoil your cheery dis­po­si­tion.5. Bet­ter Co­or­di­na­tion: Zumba is the way to go if you lack co­or­di­na­tion. The steps are usu­ally easy to fol­low and are taught re­peat­edly that you wouldn’t have a hard time keep­ing up. If you have to left feet, fret no more. Zumba will be your guid­ing force. Zumba does won­ders to your body es­pe­cially if you do it reg­u­larly. This en­er­getic, fun, and calo­rieburn­ing work­out, is your best bet if you’re not the type who would lift weights over and over again. — oOo— The au­thor is T-III at Dap­dap High School

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